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PhD Student Profile - Moumita Roy


Economics PhD Job Market Candidate - Moumita Roy

I am an Economics PhD candidate at Purdue University.  I have a Master's and a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Jadavpur University, India.
I am currently employed as an instructor of economics at Bloomsburg University, PA.

My primary area of research is Empirical Industrial Organization.  I focus on the merger incentives of the firms in the semiconductor industry and in  the U.S. domestic airline industry.  My job market paper (with Prof. Ralph Siebert) investigates the incentives to merge in the semiconductor industry in the presence of cost asymmetry,  product differentiation and technological spillover.  We develop a structural model to study endogenous merger formation and its effect on the industry output taking into account pre and post treatment heterogeneities.   My dissertation also focuses on the domestic passenger airline industry  and  I study the effect of mergers on the incentives to increase/decrease capacity in terms of available seats, airborne hours and fleet. I plan to extend my research to the financial structure, specifically debt and its impact on mergers in the merger incentive in the airline industry.

In the course of my research I have familiarized myself with the theoretical and empirical literature in Industrial Organization especially on the topics of merger analysis and the literature on cooperative R&D. I have also developed advanced econometric skills while dealing with large datasets both in the semiconductor industry and large datasets on the passenger fare and volume data in the domestic airline industry.  My research interests include Empirical Industrial Organization, Applied Microeconomics and Antitrust Economics.
I am currently teaching Microeconomics and Business and Economic Mathematics at Bloomsburg University. The position at Bloomsburg University has enriched my teaching skills and the experience has given me valuable insight into course development and pedagogical methodologies. 
I have worked extensively in the development of the online undergraduate course (macroeconomics) at Purdue University. The online Econ 252 Macroeconomics course was introduced in the fall of 2010 and I had the opportunity to assist our department in the development of its content and operation.  I have also been an independent instructor of Econ 252 Macroeconomics course in the summer of 2011, spring of 2012 and in the spring of 2013.  I have received Distinguished Teaching Award (the highest award given to the graduate student instructors at Purdue University) for teaching.
I am interested in teaching Industrial Organization,  Applied Microeconomics,  Applied Econometrics,  Principles of Economics,  Mathematics  for Business and Economics, Statistics and  Managerial Economics.  I have been a teaching assistant in the advanced undergraduate level managerial economics; and money and banking courses at Purdue University.